Young Musicians from the Royal College of Music
St Peter's Church, Shaldon
Bridge Road
TQ14 0DB
United Kingdom
Type: Concert
Date: Friday 20 June 2014
Start Time: 7.30pm
Performer(s): Young Musicians from the Royal College of Music
Host Organisation: Shaldon Festival
Box Office Contact: Malcolm Watson
Box Office Email:

Ticket Information: Tickets: Adults £10, Students £5 Free for children under 17 accompanied by an adult. Booking opens at the end of March 2014


Savannah Brown
Astor Piazzolla Histoire du Tango
i Bordello 1900
Paule Maurice Tableaux de Provence
i Farandoulo di chatouno
iv Dis Alyscamps L’Amo Souspire
v Lou Cabridan
Roberto Molinelli Four pictures from New York
i Dreamy Dawn
Andret Jolivet Fantaisie Impromptu
Robert Planel Prelude et Saltarelle
Pedro Itturalde Pequena Czarda

Lara Melda
Beethoven Sonata No.17 in D minor ‘The Tempest’ Op.31 No.2
Poulenc Trois Novelettes
Chopin Ballade No.1 in G minor


Concert Review
A key mission of the Shaldon Festival is to encourage young people to play and enjoy classical music and the Friday evening is always a showcase for some fine young musicians. Saxophonist, Savannah Brown and pianist Lara Melda are two award-winning musicians from The Royal College of Music.

Savannah, 17, plays alto and tenor saxophones, her recital revealing her remarkable talent. Showing considerable technical skill, her precision and clarity throughout the varied programme demonstrated Savannah's ability to play music of contrasting moods and colours, with beautiful singing tones. She took her bow to the sustained applause of a highly appreciative audience.

Lara Melda first played piano at the Shaldon Festival in 2010, having just won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. Now 20, she has played in recitals across Europe. From the first notes of Beethoven's Tempest Sonata, the audience knew they were in for something special. Playing from memory, Lara displayed a wonderful concentration letting the silences between the notes speak as powerfully as the played notes.

With impressive technical mastery and musical understanding, this was a piano recital of the highest order. Chopin's Ballade No 1 in G Minor was played with sustained power, passion and confidence, we knew we were listening to a truly gifted pianist.

As the final notes drifted into silence, the audience erupted into prolonged applause, bringing Lara back on stage three times until she conceded to its request and played an encore. Bravo!
Roger Kirk


At the age of sixteen Lara Melda won the BBC Young Musician 2010 competition, performing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.2 in the final round, with Vasily Petrenko and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff. The competition had an international following via television and radio broadcasts on the BBC. Since then she has also performed Mozart Concerto K466 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

This season Lara will make her debut performing at the Barbican in London and also with the Britten Sinfonia, in a performance of Britten’s Young Apollo. Recital performances include Istanbul and her debut at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg as well as several concerts in the UK. Previous concerto performances have included Rachmaninov with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Kirill Karabits, Mozart with the Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon (Kings Place) and Beethoven 3 with the National Youth Orchestra of New Zealand. She has played recitals at Les SommetsMusicaux in Gstaad (Switzerland), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival (Germany) and the Wigmore Hall.

Lara Melda performs regularly in Turkey and made her debut at the International Music Festival in Istanbul in June 2011. She has also been presented by the 'Istanbul Recitals' piano series and performed at the Antalya Piano Festival.

Lara is a student at the Royal College of Music where she is a Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Scholar supported by a Musicians' Company Lambert Studentship. She is very grateful for support from the Nurol Holding and Mr Çarmikh.


Savannah is 17 years old and has attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department for 8 years. It is here where she studies saxophone with Sarah Markham. As well as being a pupil at RCM, she is a pupil and music scholar at Marlborough College where she has been since she was 13. She studies violin there with Philip Dukes. In 2012 she achieved her ABRSM diplomas on saxophone and violin. With the saxophone she was fortunate enough to gain a distinction. In the holidays, Savannah spends her time at the National Youth Orchestra where she is a principal violin player. She has been a member of NYO since she was 14 and has been fortunate to play in four proms concerts with a variety or artists including Vasily Pertrenko and Joana McGregor as well as being part of the reduced orchestra that played at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Coronation concerts. Last October, Savannah went on a music tour to New York State and Pennsylvania where she performed both saxophone and violin. She has just finished her final year at school and will hopefully be attending music conservatoire in September . Savannah won The Royal College of Music's Mary Gotch prize and has been a finalist in several of the London Conservatoire's top music competitions on Saxophone and Violin.

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.